Steal her secrets: Battle Creek Community Foundation CEO talks work/life balance and more

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV)- Her suit fits just right, she knows everyone in the room, and you can just tell she’s got it going on!  You wish you could be her or simply wish you knew her secret to success. WOTV 4 Women wants to give you a deeper look at the many power women who are helping make West Michigan a thriving place for women at work.  We’re having them dish the details on everything from work life to home life and what has led to their career success.

25 Questions with Brenda Hunt

Meet Brenda Hunt. She’s the President & CEO of the the Battle Creek Community Foundation.  Her passion for the people in her community runs deep and is evident to everyone she meets. Read on to find out more about this West Michigan power woman and her career.

Question 1: Describe your job and why you love it.

I have the opportunity to serve as the CEO of the Battle Creek Community Foundation where we work with the community to make Battle Creek a better place for all people to live, work and play. I love the people here and I believe in them. I feel a high sense of responsibility to the community that has entrusted me to lead their community foundation.

Question 2: Dig through your purse and tell us three must have items you found and 1 item you were surprised to find.

Ear pods from an airline flight in May.

A little girls barrette.

An oversized band aid.

Question 3: When you were a kid what did you want to be when you grew up?

A forest ranger.

An Olympic athlete.

A cowboy.

Question 4: What’s the best piece of career advice you’ve ever received?

Be true to yourself and your beliefs/ethics.

Question 5: What’s the job you’ve had (in your lifetime) that still gives you nightmares?

I’m still stuck on the passing the final exam to complete college – I have many versions.

Question 6: What’s the best thing you’ve done to advance your career?

Stayed in one community a long time.

Question 7: Flats or heels?

Heels in another lifetime on someone else’s feet.

Question 8: Crying at work? Okay or not okay?

A necessity.

Question 9: Work/life balance? How do you make it work? What time do you “clock out”?

Having many interests. Hanging around other people’s kids/children. You clock out when you die!

Question 10: Eating lunch at your desk? A do or a don’t?

Do. We don’t have a big enough break room for everyone.

Question 11: What makes you grateful?

Everything about my life.

Question 12: What was your biggest blunder in a job? What did it teach you?

I got asked my age and I answered. I was 23.

Question 13: Describe your morning routine.

Get up and go. Get a minimum of 3 workouts in each week. Read the verse of the day.

Question 14: Proudest career moment to date.

25th Anniversary at BCCF celebrated on March 1, 2018.

Question 15: What’s the most important thing in your life right now?

Keeping myself physically, emotionally and spiritually healthy.

Question 16: What time did you wake up today?

5am. Got up at 6am.

Question 17: What’s the first thing you notice when you meet someone?

Their physical posture and facial expression.

Question 18: What are you reading right now?

I don’t read many books. I still read most of the news online or via newspaper.

Question 19: In a typical day how many emails do you answer?

I’ve never counted. Seems like a lot.

Question 20: What’s your favorite TV show?

I like live sports favorites are Tour de France, Indy 500, Daytona, Olympics, pro-football, some college basketball.

Question 21: What’s your favorite spot for a meeting in West Michigan?

Anywhere with comfortable chairs and a good glass of wine. My favorite type of meeting!

Question 22: What’s your favorite app?


Question 23: What experience in life made you the most nervous?

Speaking at a friend’s funeral.

Question 24: What’s one question you always ask in an interview?

Describe the best thing you have ever seen one person do for another.

Question 25: What’s the best part of your job?

The variety and the special view of the community and the people in it that I get to be a part of.

***Do you know a West Michigan Power woman who deserves to be featured in our series?  Email us her name/business and contact info!

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